Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call LIVE! Guidebook
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There’s no need to over-pack. Unlike some other cruise lines, self-service laundry rooms are available onboard, as is valet laundry service.
The air-conditioned public rooms on the ships can be chilly, as are the winds on deck. Bring sweaters or jackets.
Pack comfortable shoes with non-slip rubber soles for walking around on deck and on shore. You’ll also appreciate sandals and water shoes.
While room service is free, delivery is not immediate. If you need snacks on hand, bring packaged snacks like crackers or granola bars. You can bring your own bottled water, beer, and wine (see below), but they must be carried on; they’re not allowed in checked luggage. Disney prohibits personal coolers onboard unless they are for medications, baby foods, or dietary needs. Ice buckets and mini-fridge/coolers are provided in the staterooms.
The health-conscious may want to consider a well-stocked medicine kit, as trips to the onboard infirmary can be costly. Beyond the usual items, consider anti-nausea aids (see page 564), anti-diarrheal aids, sunblock, sunburn gel, and “Safe Sea,” a sunblock that helps protect against the stinging of most jellyfish, sea lice, coral, and sea anemone (see http://www.nidaria.com).
Two-way radios with extra subchannels can be used for keeping in touch onboard, but the Wave Phones provided in your stateroom will work better (see page 153). We prefer the DCL Navigator app's free texting (see page 187).
You can bring your own stroller or just borrow one at Guest Services ($200 security deposit on room account) and/or at Castaway Cay (no deposit). Though wheelchairs may be available if the need arises, if you know you’ll need one, be sure to rent or bring your own.
Alcoholic beverage rules have changed! Each adult can bring just two 750 ML bottles of wine or champagne, or six 12-oz. beers on board at embarkation and each port of call. Liquor and spirits will be stored until the cruise's end. You may not bring opened bottles ashore with you at the end of the cruise, and beverages are not allowed in checked luggage.
Worried about lost or delayed luggage? Don’t pack all your items in one bag. Instead, split items between bags, even bags belonging to other members of your traveling party.
Knives, pocket tools, and other potential weapons are prohibited onboard, as are extension cords and power strips. All luggage is inspected, and confiscated items are held until you return to port. This can seriously delay luggage delivery, too. For a full list of prohibited items, go to http://www.disneycruise.com and view the FAQ.
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